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Interview with General Tom Stafford During Apollo 10 50th

Interview with General Thomas Stafford (Gemini 6, Gemini 9, Apollo 10, and ASTP)

On May 19th, I had the distinct pleasure of sitting down for an interview with the legendary Gen. Tom Stafford, at his name sake museum in Weatherford, OK, on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the flight of Apollo 10.  General Stafford grew up in Weatherford and the museum and local airport carry his name.  The Stafford Air & Space Museum played host to an exclusive gala celebrating the 50th anniversary of Apollo 10 on May 18th.  Through the much appreciated efforts of Museum Director, Max Ary and his staff, arrangements were made for me to interview The General the next morning.

We set up the interview at the base of his actual Gemini 6 spacecraft, an incredible backdrop for our conversation.

General Stafford is among the space pioneer elite, having been selected to NASA as one of the “New Nine” – the second group of astronauts after the Mercury 7.  He graciously sat for the interview for about an hour before he had to prepare for a public talk he was to give at the local high school.

I was able to ask him questions about all of his missions.  From his first, GT-6, which featured the first rendezvous of two spacecraft, to his last, the Apollo-Soyuz test Project (ASTP) and the first docking of two international spacecraft.  In between, he confronted angry alligators; endured spacewalks from hell; barnstormed the moon, brought a tumbling spaceship back under control, and he became (as he remains to this day) the fastest man alive.  I also asked him about the significance and legacy of Apollo, the lessons and implications for humanity from international cooperation and seeing the Earth from space, and his thoughts on the future.

We were also fortunate to record his public talk, a Q&A session with Mark Larson, where Stafford shared even more stories.

Between my interview and the public event, we now have over two hours of footage to sift through from two cameras in two different locations.  Neither setting was without its share of technical […]


Indiegogo Campaign

UPDATE: This campaign ended on April 10, 2019, having raised $6,565.00.


Apollospace is embarking on an Indiegogo fundraising campaign to complete our Apollo 13 film, “Reflections: Apollo 13 in Pictures and Words” with Apollo 13 Astronaut, Fred Haise.  The most incredible Apollo images, fully restored at the highest resolution, are brought to life for our “Apollo Reflections” series – films featuring Apollo photography described by the men who were there, beginning with our first film released for the 50th anniversary of Apollo 7, “Reflections: Apollo 7 in Pictures and Words,” featuring astronaut Walt Cunningham.  Your contribution will help us complete the second film, “Reflections: Apollo 13 in Pictures and Words,” with Apollo 13 astronaut Fred Haise, as well as record additional astronaut interviews.

Apollo Reflections

If a picture is indeed worth a thousand words, then the story of Apollo, told through the nearly 20,000 photographs taken during the eleven manned Apollo missions between 1968 and 1972, would literally take tens of millions of words to tell.

The Apollo Program was, undoubtedly, one of the greatest accomplishments in human history.  Human beings, for the first time, left the Earth and gazed back at our beautiful planet, the source of all we have ever known, learning more not only about the wider universe, but also about ourselves and our own world. 

This project cannot possible begin to come close to telling the full story of Apollo – what we are doing is producing the most beautiful, fully restored, high resolution Apollo mission flight photographs available anywhere and featuring them in a series of documentary-style interviews with the Apollo Astronauts who took them.  Collectively the Apollo mission images and the reflections of the astronauts about them tell a story the likes of which will never be forgotten.  These iconic images will long endure.

Some of our favorite Apollo mission photographs, and the favorites of the astronauts who took them, are the focus of a series of interview documentaries Apollospace is producing with a focus on Apollo program photography as we celebrate the […]